The horse is one of two extant subspieces of equues ferrus. It is an odd toed ungulate animal belonging to the taxonomic family equidae. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multie toed creature into the large, single-toed animal of today. Humans began to domesticate horses around 4000 BC, and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC. Horses in the subspecies caballus are domesticated, although some domesticated populations live in the wild as feral horses.
Horses' anatomy enables them to make use of speed to escape predators and they have a well-developed sense of balance and a strong fight of flight response.
Related to this need to flee from predators in the an unusual trait: horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down. Female horses, called mares, carry their young for approximately 11 months, and a young horse, called a foal, can stand and run shortly following birth. Most domesticated horses begin training under saddle or in harness between the ages of two and four. They reach full adult development by age five, and have an average lifespan of between 25 and 30 years.Many products are derived from horses, including meat, milk, hide, hair, bone, and pharmaceuticals extracted from the urine of pregnant mares.
Horses are herbivores with a digestive system adapted to a forage diet of grasses and other plant material, consumed steadily throughout the day. Therefore, compared to humans, they have a relatively small stomach but very long intestines to facilitate a steady flow of nutrients. A 990 lb horse will eat 15 to 24 lb of food per day and, under normal use, drink of water. Horses are not ruminants, so they have only one stomach, like humans, but unlike humans, they can digest cellulose, a major component of grass. Cellulose digestion occurs in the cecum, or "water gut", which food goes through before reaching the large intestine Horses cannot vomit, so digestion problems can quickly cause colic, a leading cause of death.
The horses' senses are based on their status as prey animals, where they must be aware of their surroundings at all times. They have the largest eyes of any land mammal, and are lateral-eyed, meaning that their eyes are positioned on the sides of their heads. This means that horses have a range of vision of more than 350°, with approximately 65° of this being binocular vision and the remaining 285° monocular vision. Horses have excellent day and night vision, but they have colour vision, which is somewhat like red green colour blindness in humans, where certain colors, especially red and related colors, appear as a shade of green.
In celtic mythology, Rhiannon, a mythic figure in the Mabinogion collection of legends, rides a "pale-white" horse. Because of this, she has been linked to the Romano-Celtic fertility horse goddess Epona and other instances of the veneration of horses in early Indo-European culture. White horses are the most common type of hill figure in England. Though many are modern, the uffington white horse at least dates back to the Bronze age. In Scottish folklore, the kelpie , a deadly supernatural water demon in the shape of a horse, is sometimes described as white, though other stories say it is black. In greek mythology the white winged horse Pegasus was the son of poseidon and the gorgon medusa. Poseidon was also the creator of horses, creating them out of the breaking waves when challenged to make a beautiful land animal.
As horses have evolved over millions of years so we too are evolving, we are not evolved or awakened, we are evolving and awakening. We all have growth and learning to do, none of us are perfect. This is why it is unwise to judge other people, they may have a while to go before they learn the lessons we have already learned. Like humans have domesticated the horse, sometimes it takes a while for us to learn that although we might want to be free spirited, if we want to fit into this world we have to conform to the rules of life. Morals and rules might be hard to follow sometimes but they are there for a reason, without them the world would be in chaos (more chaos than already exists)
Horses have a well developed sense of balance, fight or flight response shows intelligence and an ability to weigh up a situation fast. 'Thinking on your' feet comes easily to some but not to all, life sometimes leads us to situations we would rather not have to deal with. No matter what happens we always have a choice as to how we are going to respond. We can ignore, get angry, lash out or we can face our situation head on, with acceptance, look the situation in the eye, acknowlege it is challenging, and then walk away unscathed. The motto ' i am going to get through this,or die trying' sometimes gives us the determination to push through a situation and out into the other side.
Like the horse has two kinds of vision we also possess two kinds of vision, we have our physical vision and our spiritual vision. Sometimes both are affected by colour vision. There exists beyond our limited physical vision another world beyond our imagining. We cannot see it with our physical vision but we can perceive it with our soul vision, soul vision can see the whole cosmos not just what is in front of it. We need to look sometimes with soul vision, innocent, naive, beautiful,compassionate, empathic, therein lies the love and beauty we are longing for but sometimes are unable to find.
In my spiritual meadow there is a winged horse, white with the most amazing violet eyes, it is pegasus, the winged horse, a beautiful unicorn. We can all see magical creatures and ethereal energy but first we have to trust like the horse and rider trust each other. They work as a team, the horse is depending on the rider to guide it to the destination the rider is depending on the horse to understand the guidance and take the rider where it wants to go. When we trust our inner knowing and let it guide us we can go to places beyond where we are now. Spirit would never guide us to a wrong destination, it might seem like we have taken a wrong turn but just around the corner we realise that the scenic route was the right route after all.
As many things are derived from the horse so too we can derive many things by seeing our race through this life as one of gathering speed and then slowing down. Like the horse we cannot keep racing, otherwise we would die of exhaustion, there comes a time when we have to stop and graze. When we have healed and had our fill of grazing there is always another race to face. It may feel sometimes that we have been grazing for too long but maybe that is because spirit knows that the next race, might be the race of our life! The winning post is a place we will all reach some day.
Characteristics: Balance, intelligence, determination, vision,curiosity, innocent, beauty, compassionate, empathic, trust, inner guidance, endurance, hope.
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